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(Portland Mercury)   College: $40,000. Passing the bar: $30,000. Knowing the specific statute that gives you authority to issue a police officer a parking ticket: priceless   (portlandmercury.com) divider line 257
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2008-04-18 11:36:19 PM
What? The f*cking HERO tag wasn't available??!? I've gotta send this article to the Montgomery County, MD police.
 
2008-04-18 11:40:52 PM
Farkin' Awesome.

I would love to find out if there is such a thing in this state, I see certain "Law Enforcement Officers" kinda forgetting their purpose all the time.
 
2008-04-18 11:41:09 PM
College, $40,000? Not any more. Egads.
 
2008-04-18 11:45:11 PM
While this is hilarious, Bryant is going to have to move a few states away once this is all said and done.
 
2008-04-18 11:46:33 PM
Win!
 
2008-04-18 11:46:47 PM
zorgon: College, $40,000? Not any more. Egads.

Not to mention law school will generally run you double that.
 
2008-04-18 11:47:10 PM
This is a HUGE issue to me. The Founding Fathers had it 100% right on limits on police powers - they need VERY short leashes.

Ever notice how many cops are so obviously taking HGH and steroids?
 
2008-04-18 11:47:50 PM
The Mail Demon: I've gotta send this article to the Montgomery County, MD police.

Don't do it or you'll be arrested for harassment. I'm 100% serious.
The MC police will make your farking life miserable.
 
2008-04-18 11:50:28 PM
Con_Authority: Don't do it or you'll be arrested for harassment. I'm 100% serious.

I know. It's just that the farkwads be running the speed cameras all the time.
 
2008-04-18 11:50:47 PM
IrateShadow: While this is hilarious, Bryant is going to have to move a few states away once this is all said and done.

So much, THIS
 
2008-04-18 11:54:11 PM
IrateShadow: While this is hilarious, Bryant is going to have to move a few states away once this is all said and done.

Or police are going to have to watch how they park around him?
 
2008-04-19 12:00:17 AM
corsec67: Or police are going to have to watch how they park around him?

I'd bet he learns something from his first adventure enforcing parking regulations for on duty police cars that will take the magic out of being the Zorro of police car parking rule enforcement.
 
2008-04-19 12:00:52 AM
That is funny as hell. But he better drive and do everything perfectly for now on.
 
2008-04-19 12:13:17 AM
Citizen's arrest! Citizen's arrest!
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2008-04-19 12:19:10 AM
Good job for the Lawyer guy, so I'll go ahead and be pedantic about something else. There is some complete FAIL in that article:

A CITIZEN who watched a cop illegally park, then walk into a Chinese restaurant to wait for his food, has issued the officer a series of citizen-initiated parking violations.

Eric Bryant says he was sitting in the SanSai Japanese Grill


Seriously, it's not hard to figure out. They are two different countries. They have very different languages, very different cultures, and very different food. Hence the two different names.

*sigh*

Stay classy, Portland.
 
2008-04-19 12:46:47 AM
So we've decided this newbie lawyer deserves a hero tag for farking with a cop that probably makes sub $40k?

I say fark this douche, this cop wasn't messing with anyone; he was trying to get a bit to eat while on patrol.

It must be nice for our new lawyer friend to cherry-pick law breakers when he knows he can go back to the safety of his office; instead of having to get back to getting criminals off the streets.
 
2008-04-19 01:05:21 AM
leisurejack: So we've decided this newbie lawyer deserves a hero tag for farking with a cop that probably makes sub $40k?

I say fark this douche, this cop wasn't messing with anyone; he was trying to get a bit to eat while on patrol.

It must be nice for our new lawyer friend to cherry-pick law breakers when he knows he can go back to the safety of his office; instead of having to get back to getting criminals off the streets.


It must be nice for the cop to know that people like you will support him when he ignores the laws that he will heartlessly ticket you for and laugh when you ask for a warning. Cops abuse their power all the farking time and it needs to be stopped. Good on the lawyer, and he better be ready to come back with harassment charges against the cops when they start stalking him, because apparantly when cops target someone, that isn't somehow illegal or immoral either.
 
2008-04-19 01:11:55 AM
GAT_00 So how is your assumption that all cops are heartless and only ticket you for a laugh any less stupid than a cop that assumes you are criminal because of a small traffic violation?

Welcome to the world where not everything is black and white.
 
2008-04-19 01:15:40 AM
leisurejack: GAT_00 So how is your assumption that all cops are heartless and only ticket you for a laugh any less stupid than a cop that assumes you are criminal because of a small traffic violation?

Welcome to the world where not everything is black and white.


And you're assuming that the cop is going to do anything he can to help you. Did you read the article? Yes, he went in for food. Fine, he can illegally park for that. Then he sat down, presumably on the clock for it be ok to park illegally, and watched basketball. Yeah, he's really looking out for our interests.
 
2008-04-19 01:23:25 AM
Actually I did read the article: it seems to me that he walked in, food not yet ready, watched the game until the guy person gave him his take-out food in a plastic bag. Cop goes back to work.

I don't see how this cop is personally persecuting anyone. Sure, if he started beating someone with his baton, then throw the book at him; but all he did was illegally park to get some food.
 
2008-04-19 01:24:43 AM
leisurejack: So how is your assumption that all cops are heartless and only ticket you for a laugh any less stupid than a cop that assumes you are criminal because of a small traffic violation?

Welcome to the world where not everything is black and white.


One doesn't need to assume anything to hold police officers to the same standards that they pledge to uphold.
 
2008-04-19 01:28:39 AM
Krymore

I couldn't disagree more, in regard to this case. I think it's unreasonable to expect a police officer to drive around and find a legal place to park, while on duty.

In the interest of public safety, in this case access to his car, he should be allowed to illegally park.
 
2008-04-19 01:34:28 AM
leisurejack: In the interest of public safety, in this case access to his car, he should be allowed to illegally park.

Maybe if he was just stopping to pickup takeout; not to watch the game.
 
2008-04-19 01:35:25 AM
leisurejack: Actually I did read the article: it seems to me that he walked in, food not yet ready, watched the game until the guy person gave him his take-out food in a plastic bag. Cop goes back to work.

He kept watching after he got his food. The lawyer questioned him, and the cop told him he wasn't doing anything wrong. Then the lawyer ticked him. The cop was abusing his power.
 
2008-04-19 01:40:05 AM
abb3w: Maybe if he was just stopping to pickup takeout; not to watch the game.

Agreed, but it seems like his food just wasn't ready.

FTFA: Stensgaard walked into the restaurant, turned his attention to the basketball game on television, Bryant asked Stensgaard about his vehicle, shortly afterward a restaurant employee hand the officer a plastic bag

I guess it could have been a bag of coke, I just assumed it was food.
 
2008-04-19 01:42:59 AM
mamoru: Good job for the Lawyer guy, so I'll go ahead and be pedantic about something else. There is some complete FAIL in that article:

A CITIZEN who watched a cop illegally park, then walk into a Chinese restaurant to wait for his food, has issued the officer a series of citizen-initiated parking violations.

Eric Bryant says he was sitting in the SanSai Japanese Grill

Seriously, it's not hard to figure out. They are two different countries. They have very different languages, very different cultures, and very different food. Hence the two different names.

*sigh*

Stay classy, Portland.


It says the citizen was in the SanSai Japanese Grill and saw the cop walk into a Chinese restaurant. Perhaps he was looking out the window?
 
2008-04-19 01:47:18 AM
GAT_00: He kept watching after he got his food.

From the lawyer's own account, not for very long...

FTFA: Bryant returned to his seat (after speaking with the cop), and says shortly afterward he watched a restaurant employee hand the officer a plastic bag before he left
 
2008-04-19 01:47:34 AM
leisurejack: Agreed, but it seems like his food just wasn't ready.

You are completely missing the fact that he stayed after getting his food.
 
2008-04-19 01:50:02 AM
leisurejack: From the lawyer's own account, not for very long...

Doh, I thought you'd left, hence my last comment. But so you're saying its ok as long he isn't breaking the law for long? In what manner do you find it acceptable for a cop to sit watching TV while illegally parked while on duty?
 
2008-04-19 01:51:40 AM
GAT_00: leisurejack: Agreed, but it seems like his food just wasn't ready.

You are completely missing the fact that he stayed after getting his food.


I agree, I don't see where it says that. It says the cop left shortly after being confronted by the lawyer.

Although I think the confusion is this sentence:
Bryant returned to his seat, and says shortly afterward he watched a restaurant employee hand the officer a plastic bag before he (the cop or the lawyer) left.
 
2008-04-19 01:54:33 AM
I have no problem with calling a cop on breaking the law.

Tagging him for illegally parking is a bit of an asinine thing to do. Cops around here are encouraged to park their vehicles in as conspicuous a location as possible, with ease of quick exit a priority. First, to get them out of there quick if they need to roll to a scene and, second, so the vehicle is obvious to the public around there. Waving the flag and so on. It tends to have a deterrent effect of course to see a cop out there.

So parking it in an obvious location in front of a retailer serves other purposes.

He was not clearly inconveniencing the public, as far as I can tell. And he wasn't just hanging out, he was waiting for the food and rolled out thereafter.

We have no evidence one way or the other that he's a douche, I won't take it on faith because he wear the uniform that he is. He even gave a reasonable answer to the young counsel, he didn't just threaten him and tell him STFU.

Here's the other thing about this: The cop operates under color of state authority, true. So does the lawyer. I have a license to practice issued by my state. We're referred to as "officers of the court" and, in some places, as officers we can even be called out for civil defense purposes. The kid in this case is throwing his weight around, not as a citizen but as a lawyer, not to call a rogue cop to book but rather to pump himself up.

And by the way, who tipped off the press? The cop? Doubtful.
 
2008-04-19 02:00:34 AM
leisurejack: Although I think the confusion is this sentence:

But the point I am making is this sentence: "But instead, he kept watching basketball and told me he wasn't doing anything wrong."
 
2008-04-19 02:07:37 AM
Con_Authority: Don't do it or you'll be arrested for harassment. I'm 100% serious.
The MC police will make your farking life miserable.


This comment makes me want to throw up. The abuse of any power, even the power of a $30k a year public servant, is still the abuse of power.

I don't like it when a CEO gets off because he can buy his way out, I don't like it when a cop parks illegally to pick up lunch.

Yeah, different circumstances, different severities, but it still doesn't make it right.
 
2008-04-19 02:41:04 AM
The problem for this poor bastard is that he apparently doesn't realize that the police are a brotherhood who protect their own. In other words, a criminal enterprise which will fark his life up like you couldn't believe. Yes, the police.
 
2008-04-19 02:47:25 AM
"If someone broke into your house, would you rather have the police be able to park in front of your house or have to park three blocks away and walk there?"

I guess I would be lucky if there was a basketball game on my TV and Chinese takeout in my kitchen, cuz then the cops would be sure to show up and do their jobs promptly.

Otherwise? Not such high expectations.
 
2008-04-19 03:00:10 AM
CravenMorehead: Citizen's arrest! Citizen's arrest!

Perfect! FTW. Thread over!
 
2008-04-19 03:15:06 AM
Right or wrong, I think someone is going to find out that he is overdue for a few "safety checks".
 
2008-04-19 04:02:07 AM
GAT_00: leisurejack: Although I think the confusion is this sentence:

But the point I am making is this sentence: "But instead, he kept watching basketball and told me he wasn't doing anything wrong."


Er, cops don't get lunch breaks?

That being said I think this guy was just out to be an asshole to the cops. Police are allowed to do things the average citizen is not allowed to do in the name of the law and all this guy has to do is come up with a good excuse for parking in a no parking zone and the tickets will be thrown out of court.
 
2008-04-19 04:54:43 AM
Ryan2065: Police are allowed to do things the average citizen is not allowed to do in the name of the law

I'm unaware of any PD that allows cops to park illegally when they're getting lunch, unless it's just not feeding the meter. I've even asked cops about it before, all said the same thing, unless they've gotten a call and have their lights going? They have to follow parking ordinances, except for feeding the meter. Just like they can't run a red light unless they have to in order to respond to a call.
 
2008-04-19 05:05:42 AM
GAT_00: He kept watching after he got his food. The lawyer questioned him, and the cop told him he wasn't doing anything wrong. Then the lawyer ticked him. The cop was abusing his power.

Adding made up stuff to articles to further a point is FUN!

He kept watching after he got his food, then drank 5 beers and farked your mother.

WOW, it really is that easy!

FTFA:

Bryant returned to his seat, and says shortly afterward he watched a restaurant employee hand the officer a plastic bag before he left.
 
2008-04-19 05:16:27 AM
If GAT_00 had his way, this is how any uniformed employee of the government must proceed with their lunch.

Walk the shortest path between the door and the counter.

Do not engage anyone in conversation.

Do not make eye contact.

Do not observe your surroundings.

Place exact change on counter.

Take food, proceed to make a 180 degree turn and walk the shortest path to the doorway.

Any deviation from this set of instructions IS ABUSE OF POWERRRRRRRRRRRR!

/seriously, get a life.....
//the guy parked in a no parking to pick up some carryout, he didn't park in a handicapped spot and go to the movies. You'll get over it.
///Not all cops are assholes, they live to protect you, and they deal with whiny asses like GAT_00 for a living. Cut the guy some slack if he wants to pick up some carryout.
////It's not the end of the world and it's not going to lead to every cop ignoring every law. Individuals who serve the people have been cut slack since time immemorial. No amount of whining or idealistic law school grads issuing worthless parking citations is going to change it. Get over it.
 
2008-04-19 05:22:49 AM
My law school is 100k FYI
 
2008-04-19 05:30:09 AM
StopArrestingMe: My law school is 100k FYI

Cool, so I could buy a Porsche by not going to law school.
 
2008-04-19 05:31:56 AM
I guarantee you that his man's license plate number will be memorized by every cop in the city, and he will be cited for every minor violation they see.

Cops don't forget.
 
2008-04-19 05:32:01 AM
leisurejack: Krymore

I couldn't disagree more, in regard to this case. I think it's unreasonable to expect a police officer to drive around and find a legal place to park, while on duty.

In the interest of public safety, in this case access to his car, he should be allowed to illegally park.


You're leaping to conclusion that there weren't immediately available parking spots for the cop to park in. Say, one that was more than 7' away from the door of the restaurant.
I think this is great. Cops need to be called to account for their actions. But, couldn't the kid have found something better than a parking violation?
 
2008-04-19 05:32:09 AM
I also think this deserves a Hero tag. If you're not doing anything to help/save the citizens of your town, then YOU are not beyond the law officer. I just wish more Cops would be busted for DUI's.. A parking ticket is nothing.
 
2008-04-19 05:33:06 AM
I came in here to troll about how the cop should be allowed to be above the law, but I saw leisurejack beat me to it. Good job, bro :)
 
2008-04-19 05:33:11 AM
If more people did this then the police would be a much better group of people than they currently are.
 
2008-04-19 05:35:20 AM
It is hard to hear some of these overly-enthusiastic cop-fellators and not think "Stockholm Syndrome". Cops do a job, it doesn't mean they are above the law. And if they want to complain about it, they can quit, and just let society go all to hell as soon as they put down their doughnut. It would teach all of us soon-to-be victims a lesson.

This dude deserves the Hero tag.
 
2008-04-19 05:37:22 AM
The way to make a better world is to be the change you want to see.
Police, being notoriously bad role models in the use of motor vehicles (not to mention more serious crimes), generally lead the world to a worse place. Enough of them believe they are above the law so as to make a mockery of the rule of law. Thereby, they negate their own purpose.
Don't just ticket the fuc3er, fire his fat ass.
 
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